Thursday, September 20, 2012

Successful Interview

Whether you are a recent college graduate, a current student, or you have been in the job market for years, it is always good to brush up on your job interviewing skills. A good (or bad) interview can mean the difference between you being hired or not. Your resume may get you into the door, but it is what you do in the interview that really counts.

In my latest article written for Fastweb I discuss why it's important for current students to gain work experience while in school. I also give 5 Tips to help you prepare for a successful job interview.

You may check out the article here and please pass it along to anyone you think would benefit from it.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Patience, Persistence, and Faith Quotes

I'm a big fan of quotes. Sometimes just a simple quote can give me something positive to focus on as I go through a tough time, or an extra boost when I need it to keep pushing toward my goals.

These quotes are all intended to remind us that faith can move mountains, patience is a virtue, and persistence does pay off. I hope they help you to stay the course in your journey.

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
-Frederick Douglass

The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.
- Anonymous

Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.
- Bruce Lee

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Never, never, never give up.
- Winston Churchill

A big shot is a little shot that kept shooting.

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you.
- Matthew 17:20

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
- Carol Burnett

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
- Lao Tse

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I had a majorly rough week recently. Right before the rough week began, I was visiting the local library and I picked up a copy of Jillian Michaels' book, "Unlimited".
If you've followed Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser you know that she is a no-nonsense type of person, and I felt like she would give me the push I needed to get myself back on track.

During the week that I spent crying my eyes out, Jillian was there with me. As I read her book it seemed as if the answers to everything I was distressed about were laid out for me.

In the book, Jillian teaches readers how to believe and take action in order to create an ideal life.  She stresses that it's not enough to only believe, but you must do the work as well.

As a result of reading her book, I took immediate action and was able to change a highly stressful situation for the better. I know that I came across her book that week for a reason!

If you know that you need to make some big changes in your life, check out Jillian's book "Unlimited".

Saturday, September 8, 2012

International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day. I thought it would be a good time to revisit a post I wrote last year, about my own experience with illiteracy.

If you know someone who is illiterate, no mattter what their age, they can still learn to read and there are free resources available to help.

There are many more resources than these few listed, most community colleges and community centers offer some sort of adult literacy and/ or GED program.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Guest Post-Tips for Getting Out of Your Dead End Job and Into a Career You Love

With today’s tough economy it’s becoming more and more common for people to take whatever job they can find, whether it’s one that they love or not, just to make ends meet. In an effort to pay the bills passions get pushed to the side in favor of survival, and understandably so. But just because you take a job you don’t like doesn’t mean you have to stay there. Use these tips to find a career you love while stuck in a job you hate:

1.       Take online courses. Sure, the thought of taking online classes after work each night may not sound like the most appealing route to take, but taking a few courses to help bolster up your knowledge of your dream career will be well worth the effort. Not only will it pad your resume when you do start looking for a new job, but you’ll find yourself more knowledgeable and better equipped for a position should one open up. Plus, since it’s your passion, it will probably be more fun than work.

2.       Volunteer. Find different ways to volunteer your time with organizations that supplement your dream career. Getting involved through volunteering will help you meet people that can help you move forward on a new career path, add to your resume, and allow you to test things out to see if it’s really something you want to pursue. For instance, if you’re interested in a career with education, volunteer at local schools. If you want to help underprivileged children, find a non-profit group that you can offer your time to. Get involved wherever you can.

3.       Use your disdain for your current job as motivation. Far too often people decide they hate their current job and quit in a fiery passion, leaving themselves jobless, which can create even more stress than the job itself did. Instead of quitting your job before you find a new career that you’re better suited for, use your disdain to help motivate you forward towards finding a career that does suit your interests.

4.       Attend networking events. There are a wide array of professional networking groups that put on weekly and monthly events in nearly every city. Take advantage of these events and use them to brush shoulders with people in the industry you’re interested in breaking into. The more people you know, the more likely you are to find an employer who is looking for someone just like you.

5.       Don’t give up. Working in a job you hate while trying to find one you love is a frustrating process, and it can end up wearing on the most patient of people. Don’t give up! There are going to be times that you want to quit but you just have to keep pushing forward.

It’s never too late for a second chance in life, and you don’t have to be stuck in a career that pays the bills but does little other than that. No matter where you are in life you do have the power to change your destiny, it just takes a little elbow grease and faith to make it happen.

Author Byline:

Kelsey is the editor in chief for She loves to write article and ideas that parents & nannies would be interested in hearing. She helps society on giving information about nannies through nanny services. She is a professional writer & loves writing on anything.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Apologies and Gratitude

I've been away for a while. Not sure what happened, but somewhere along the way I got tired, frustrated, doubt-filled, lost...

I couldn't bring myself to write a single word for several weeks. Perhaps that break was a good thing. I'd previously written a post about getting out of a slump. So while I was in my own personal slump, I did many of the things on that list. I did a lot of reading, reflecting, and journaling.

The other day I confided to a friend that I didn't want to dream or plan anything anymore because I am tired of disappointment. Immediately after saying this, I came across a blog post over on For Harriet.

 Gratitude: The Secret to Achieving Your Dreams spoke to me in such a "right on time" way that I couldn't believe  it. It was just what I needed to hear in that moment.

If you're tired of feeling frustrated and disappointed, perhaps you are focused on the wrong things. Head over to For Harriet and check out the post today.